Zaha Hadid’s Sensibility Lives on in the Ecofriendly Oneiric Yacht

When Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid conjured the instantly iconic One Thousand Museum condominium tower in Miami, with its futuristic exoskeleton immediately identifiable on the skyline, she forever became inextricably connected to the Magic City. Tragically, she died in Miami Beach in 2016, but her aesthetic lives on in her eponymously named architectural firm, which continues to innovate and expand its disciplines. 

Case in point: The Italian shipyard Rossinavi has collaborated with Zaha Hadid Architects to inaugurate a new era of sustainable yachting with Oneiric. The cutting-edge seacraft combines the renowned signature of Zaha Hadid design with maximum functionality and peerless technology. 

The Oneiric ​is a Rossinavi green-technology flagship, as friendly to the ocean as it is hedonistic to its owners and guests. Three levels of solar panels are seamlessly integrated into the design to charge a highly efficient battery pack. An artificial intelligence-driven control center monitors energy consumption and battery status as well as observes environmental impact to advise on the most sustainable behaviors. On a day trip, Oneiric can cruise up to 100% of the time in full-electric mode with zero emissions.  

On transatlantic crossings, the yacht can cruise in full-electric mode up to 70% of its voyage, saving approximately 40 tons of carbon dioxide compared to a conventional vessel. The solar panels, continually charging the battery pack during daylight hours, are also designed for the periods when the yacht is not in use, and, when moored, it can power a family villa on land. The multihulls are more energy-efficient than conventional monohull yachts, because of their weight distribution and hulls length-to-width ratio that provide a superior hydrodynamic efficiency. ​ 

This pursuit of environmental sustainability is driven by a desire to conserve the well-being of the ocean’s ecosystems. Rossinavi’s technological innovations and philosophy of sustainability are inspired by enigmatic phytoplankton, small marine algae that converts sunlight into energy and provides more than half of the Earth’s annual oxygen production.  

The distinctive beauty of the yacht delivers next-level visual pleasure. The design of the yacht’s exterior and interior is informed by the fluidity and dynamism of ocean waves. Of course, virtually every pleasure craft makes this claim, but Oneiric achieves a floating quality, a lightness of being, that places it in its own class. The sinuous lines and reflective surfaces of the yacht’s exterior are continued throughout the interior, blurring the boundaries between vessel and sea. 

The main deck cockpit is composed of a patio with walls and a ceiling that are slightly curved to create an organic continuity that significantly opens the views to the water. Going down the stairs to the swimming platforms, the passenger notices that the area widens further, shedding the walls and ceiling to give a direct connection with the sea. 

Multiple interior and outdoor lounge and dining areas, as well as the elegant media room with entertainment technologies, are joined by a large owner’s suite and four guest cabins. The size of these areas is exceptional: The master bedroom enjoys a 180-degree view with a composition of skylights that also allow light to filter in from above. The yacht’s interior spaces interconnect, a feature that makes the design unique. The owner’s suite provides direct access to the forward outdoor lounge area, which can be shaded by retractable structures. 

The visual and tactile characteristics of the materials for these spaces were selected and arranged to define an immersive environment that accentuates the fluid lines of the design. The consideration of weight is crucial to all yacht design, and for Oneiric the lightweight interior materials—many of which are recycled and recyclable—were chosen for energy efficiency and optimal performance.  

The serenity on board is auditory as well as visual: Oneiric’s full-electric mode is capable of silent operations. In addition, the yacht benefits from the effects of Rossinavi Zero Noise technology that isolates all noise on board at the original source. This innovation has been installed on board all Rossinavi yachts for several years, but on an electric boat the sound isolation is even more efficient since the electric power source is itself silent. ​It’s just you and the sound of the sea. 

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.